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Information Builders Announces Advanced Business Intelligence Reporting Capabilities for Non-Technical Users

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Information Builders, an independent leader in business intelligence solutions, today announced that it has developed a specialized tool to help business analysts build applications for non-technical end users to generate their own customized reports, dashboards, and gadgets. InfoMini, a tool in WebFOCUS InfoAssist, enables business analysts and end users to choose the information they receive from their BI system with the push of a button, displaying only the information specific to their needs for faster, more informed decision-making.

With InfoMini, rather than viewing a static HTML report that has too much information, a business analyst can easily build an application to customize or filter-down a report into any format an end user needs. For example, a brand analyst who creates reports for brand managers can now build and send an InfoMini application, allowing the end user to change the data, filters, formats, and more for their particular needs. Once relegated to the IT department, the ability to create these specialized BI applications is now in the hands of business analysts. Users can also tailor the interactive features on an InfoMini report on a case-by-case basis. This tailored interactivity feature allows specific conditional styling, formatting, or functionality to be applied to any individual report without manual coding.

Business analysts can also build and publish gadgets (or mini-applications similar to an iGoogle widget) that connect directly to the BI system to pull customizable information and reports. For example, if employees in the sales and finance department are collaborating on a single report, different filters on a gadget can easily be applied by anyone in either department to include only the most relevant information.

"The issue with many business intelligence tools for non-technical users is feature overload," said Rado Kotorov, Chief Innovation Officer, Information Builders. "Ideally what most business users want is a way to cut to the chase with their data - getting only the information they need when they need it and filtering out the rest. InfoMini helps non-technical users do their jobs more efficiently by helping them apply the right changes to their reporting so only the information they want appears, with minimal interaction with the technology."

About Information Builders

Information Builders' award-winning combination of business intelligence and enterprise integration software has been providing innovative solutions to more than 12,000 customers for the past 30 years. WebFOCUS is the world's most widely utilized business intelligence platform. It provides the security, scalability, and flexibility needed at every level of global extended enterprises. Its simplicity helps create executive, analytical, and operational applications that reach dozens to millions of users. Information Builders' iWay Software suite provides state of the art, multi-purpose, pre-built integration components that address all SOA, application, data and information management requirements. Its integration adapters have been adopted by the leading software platform providers. Information Builders also offers solutions in the performance management,business activity monitoring, and enterprise search markets. The company's comprehensive enterprise product offerings give Information Builders' customers the ability to grow and innovate according to their needs.

Information Builders' customers include most of the Fortune 100 and U.S. federal government agencies. Headquartered in New York City with 90 offices worldwide, the company employs 1,450 people and has more than 350 business partners.

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